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Jersey Loungewear by Carly

I'm glad to be back again testing another amazing Dressmaking Fabric from Minerva Crafts. I usually blog over at Lucky Sew and Sew and it's nice to take a little adventure every now and then!

I was sent a few metres of the Morgan Crepe Jersey Fabric in the tan brown colourway to use and as soon as I opened the package and felt this fabric, a plan formulated almost instantly! This fabric is the most amazing quality - a medium weight jersey with a good drape, a sturdy stretch and a lovely soft feel to it. You really must see it to believe it - especially as it's on sale for only £2.99 a metre! This is one of the nicest quality jersey fabrics that I've ever come across, and I couldn't wait to use it.

The colour of this fabric is what initially gave me the idea of how to use it. It's a beautifully saturated tan colour, almost toffee-like and nice and rich. It makes me feel warm and cosy just looking at it. One area that my me-made wardrobe is lacking in is loungewear. You know, clothes that are not pyjamas, but not going-out clothes either...that inbetween area. The clothes you wear on a cosy Sunday spent at home reading books and eating cake with a hot chocolate (or sewing away all day - who am I kidding?!). Loungewear needs to be comfortable, warm, practical and also a bit more put together than a pair of old pyjamas would.

I wanted to make a comfy pair of pants and a simple cardy or lightweight jacket. I instantly thought of the Ninni culottes by Named patterns for the pants. They're super comfortable and loose but there's always something that feels put-together about a nice pair of culottes. For the jacket I stumbled across the Besharl Jacket by Style Arc. A simple cocoon shaped jacket, with pockets and a nice shawl collar. I love the cocoon shape as it makes you feel instantly snuggly, and the shawl collar would give an added bit of warmth on colder days.

I cut the pants and jacket out of 3 metres of fabric. I altered the culottes by taking a few inches off the rise so that they sat on my hips and not my waist. Both the jacket and the culottes were very simple and straight forward sews, only helped by the fact that this fabric sews like a dream! Most of the jacket can be constructed using only an overlocker, and so I didn't have to finish the seams, however this fabric is so versatile that you wouldn't need to finish the edges as it doesn't fray. This would make it a great fabric for a beginner to use as you wouldn't need to worry about seam finishing, or whether you have an overlocker or not.

I am really pleased with my new loungewear! It's comfortable, hardwearing, and I love how it looks and feels. The fabric is the real star of the show, it was a dream to work with and a it's a delight to wear. The colour is easy to wear too. I styled it with a simple cream t-shirt but it would compliment most colours nicely which is a massive bonus. Now I need to plan more lounge-days so I can snuggle up at home in my new outfit!

Thanks for reading,

Carly @ Lucky Sew and Sew

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Ditsy-Tulip said:

Such a great loungewear outfit! Thanks for sharing the fabric too as its always hard to judge what is good quality with jersey. · 1st Jan 2018 08:01pm